Welcome to Unretrofied! My name is Chris Gonzales. I'm a writer, amateur photographer, husband, and father living in Oklahoma City. In addition to Unretrofied, I'm also a contributor over at Tools and Toys.
I use this site to write about a number of subjects, including technology, writing, minimalism, simplicity, photography, and more. I also like to review apps and other products from time to time. I don't speculate on rumors or stock prices, nor do I concern myself with being the fastest to post a news story. There are plenty of other places for that. What I try to do is provide some thoughtful insight on the topics that interest me.
Someday I would love to turn this site into a full-time writing job. If you enjoy the content I write here and you've got a measly few bucks a month to spare, I would ask that you please check out the membership subscription :)
I was born in 1985 in a suburb of OKC called Midwest City, home to one of the bigger Air Force bases in the U.S. We lived in MWC until I was 9, then we moved to the outskirts of a small town called Choctaw, where I ended up graduating from high school as a proud member of the marching band and Wind Symphony. I played trombone.
After that, I attended the University of Oklahoma School of Music in order to become a music teacher, but discovered that it wasn't the right career for me. My path has since led me through various jobs, including Starbucks "barista", Apple Store Mac Specialist, and currently a full-time gig doing tech support.
My wife Chelsea is an Irish dance instructor running her own school. She and I got married in July 2009, and our son Brendon was born in December 2011.
This site is hosted and published through Squarespace 6. Headings and body text are set in PT Serif, navigation and tagline in Arbutus Slab, and the site title in VT323. Comments are disabled site-wide because I'm not interested in moderating trolls or spam, but I still appreciate constructive feedback from my readers if they feel so inclined (please see the bottom of this page for contact details).
Articles are drafted in Markdown syntax using some amalgamation of Drafts, Byword, Evernote, and Dropbox, and then published via Squarespace's own back-end editor.
I am without a Mac at the moment, so most of my writing is done on a 4th-gen iPad combined with a Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover (review here). Occasionally I'll edit things from my iPhone 4S.
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Affiliate Link Policy
From time to time, I may use affiliate links when linking to certain products on Amazon, iTunes, etc. You have my word that I will do this sparingly, and only for products that I use and love myself. If I've linked to something in this way, you can trust that I think it's worth your time. It costs you nothing extra, and helps me keep the lights on around here.
That said, if you'd specifically like to shop on Amazon and kick a few shekels my way, you can use this link and I'll get credit for sending you there. Thank you for your support.
Get In Touch
If you have a love letter, question, or comment, feel free to email me at email@example.com. If you just need to hit me up real quick, I'm @Gromble on Twitter and @chrisg on App.net. Alternatively, you can use the contact form below.